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Carolyn Kaufman

Tulane football head coach Curtis Johnson suspended defensive lineman Lawrence Burl indefinitely for a violation of team policy after Burl was arrested on May 3.

Burl, a redshirt freshman for the 2012 season, was booked by the New Orleans Police Department with one count each of illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm while also in possession of narcotics.

According to the police report cited by The Times-Picayune, officers stopped Burl by General Pershing and South Galvez streets after they observed he was missing license plate and had a broken brake light. The report said officers then noticed that Burl, who smelled strongly of marijuana, was driving with a blue steel revolver on the floor, which was loaded with five bullets, and a hand-rolled cigar in the truck’s ashtray. After being handcuffed, Burl confessed to having more marijuana in the car, and the officers uncovered 12 bags as well as a digital scale.

Burl could not be reached for comment.

A May 4 press release from the Tulane Athletic Department confirmed Burl’s indefinite suspension.

“We have high expectations for our student-athletes at Tulane, and we will make no exceptions for any individual,” Johnson said in the release.

The Times-Picayune reported that until his court date is set, Burl is wearing an electronic ankle bracelet, and he has been seen on campus since the arrest. If convicted, Burl will face a minimum five-year sentence for both the possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and weapons counts.

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